A new lawyer tries to maintain her distance from her sometimes guilty clients, but building a good rep threatens to overcome her passion.
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Series cast summary:
Kim Delaney ...  Kathleen Maguire 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Tom Everett Scott ...  Will Froman 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Rick Hoffman ...  Terry Loomis 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Diana Maria Riva ...  Patricia 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Scotty Leavenworth ...  Patrick Cavanaugh 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Kyle Secor ...  Daniel X. Cavanaugh 22 episodes, 2001-2002
Robert Harper ...  Judge Irwin Hawes 13 episodes, 2001-2002
James Denton ...  Judge Augustus Ripley 13 episodes, 2001-2002
Dena Dietrich ...  Judge Ellen Armstrong 12 episodes, 2001-2002
Scott Alan Smith ...  A.D.A. Jerry Bingham 10 episodes, 2001-2002
Bari K. Willerford Bari K. Willerford ...  Martin 10 episodes, 2001-2002
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A new lawyer tries to maintain her distance from her sometimes guilty clients, but building a good rep threatens to overcome her passion.

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25 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Philadelphiya See more »

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Culver City, California, USA See more »

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(22 episodes)

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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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Kim Delaney was actually born in Philadelphia. She went to Hallahan Catholic Girls High School and wanted to be a court reporter. See more »

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Really (really) good
19 December 2015 | by ibsanguineSee all my reviews

This was a terrific binge-watching experience, with excellent writing meeting outstanding acting and directing. It's one of the best legal dramas that I've seen.

Works within this genre -- books, movies or TV series -- are at their best when they focus on philosophical discussions about the unintended consequences of particular laws and ethical issues; including both the "low-hanging fruit" variety -- defending those who commit heinous acts, Constitutional issues like the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th & 8th amendments, etc -- AND the more exotic like attorney- client privilege, pre-trial discovery, etc.

Philly *clearly* embraced these philosophical discussions and the show felt like the *early* seasons of Law & Order in this regard; before L&O's trite, crappy writing and melodramatic plot lines took hold.

In fact, my one criticism of this show's design was that it crammed far too many of these topics into each episode; leaving a *lot* of unexplored drama on the table as a result. Nevertheless, there is a whole lot to love about this dead-before-its-time series so if you like legal thrillers, give it a go when you find it. You won't be sorry.


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